The holidays just aren’t complete without baking! And among the most popular baking choices is the crowd-pleasing Christmas cookie. From gingerbread to frosted sugar cookie shapes, your family undoubtedly has some tradition surrounding baking or decorating these little tasty treats! Not to mention that you have to have a treat for Santa Claus.
Unfortunately, tasty Christmas cookies are extremely difficult to indulge in when you’re on a strict diet or trying to lose a little weight. And as you know, great home-made foods are the number one culprit of holiday weight gain. So how can we enjoy the blissful family traditions surrounding Christmas cookies without the extra calories and unnecessarily high sugar?
A healthy Christmas cookie! Believe it or not, healthier Christmas cookie recipes do exist. Here are just a couple to whet your palate and inspire your own healthy new tradition!
White Chocolate Cranberry
Cranberries are a festive favorite addition to several holiday desserts. In this recipe, you combine 1/3 cup soft butter, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 large egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1-1/2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 3/4 cup dried cranberries, and 1/2 cup white baking chips. Then roll into tablespoon-sized balls and place on a standard cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees.
Peanut Butter Crunch
If you’re a peanut butter cookie fan, this recipe might be your new healthy Christmas cookie favorite. Mix together 1/4 cup soft butter, 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1 egg, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup oats, 1/4 tsp baking soda, and 1/8 tsp salt. Add 1/4 cup nuts if desired. Set small rolled balls on a baking sheet and flatten with a fork for a criss-cross pattern. Then bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Classic Cut-Out Cookies
For a healthier dough you can roll out and cut into shapes, try this recipe! First, combine 1 cup soft butter, 1-1/2 cups sugar, 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar, 3 eggs, 1/3 cup canola oil, 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 4 cups whole wheat flour, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp baking soda. Divide dough into two or four balls. Refrigerate the dough for approximately one hour before rolling out to a ⅛ inch thickness and using your favorite cookie cutters to cut the dough. The reason for dividing the dough is simply to keep part of it colder until the first one has been cut up. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Cookies should be golden on the edges and cooled at least five minutes before adding low-sugar frosting.For more health benefits, try products with the ingredient 7-Keto® to keep your metabolic rate boosted throughout the holiday months! For more information, email an InterHealth representative at email@example.com.